Samantha is an OII DPhil student interested in computational propaganda, social media and democracy, human rights, and Internet policy


Samantha Bradshaw¬†is a D.Phil. candidate at the Oxford Internet Institute. She is also a Researcher on the Computational Propaganda Project at Oxford University, and a Senior Fellow at the Canadian International Council. Samantha’s work examines government use of social media for coordinated digital disinformation campaigns. Her research has been featured by numerous media outlets, including the Washington Post, Bloomberg, and the Financial Times. She holds an MA in global governance from the Balsillie School of International Affairs, and a joint honors BA in political science and legal studies from the University of Waterloo. Samantha tweets from @sbradshaww.

Research interests

Social media and democracy, cyber security, computational propaganda, Internet governance, human rights online, government and politics.

Positions held at the OII

  • DPhil student, October 2016 –
  • Research Assistant, Computational Propaganda Project, October 2016-

Latest blog posts

Current projects

  • Computational Propaganda

    Participants: Professor Philip Howard, Dr Vidya Narayanan, Mimie Liotsiou, Lisa-Maria Neudert, Samantha Bradshaw

    This project will focus on how bots, algorithms and other forms of automation are used by political actors in countries around the world.

Past projects

  • Data-protection laws must be extended to political parties

    22 March 2018 Globe and Mail

    Samantha Bradshaw is a senior fellow at the Canadian International Council. She is also a D.Phil. candidate at the Oxford Internet Institute and a researcher on the Computational Propaganda Project at Oxford University.

  • Tech Tent: The battle with the bots

    23 February 2018 BBC News

    Is the battle against online propaganda already being lost as AI puts powerful new weapons in the hands of the fake news merchants?

  • Twitter bot purge prompts backlash

    21 February 2018 BBC News

    "This is a company that's under a lot of heat to clean up its act in terms of how its platform has been exploited to spread misinformation and junk news," said Samantha Bradshaw from the University of Oxford's Computational Propaganda Project.